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February 27, 2022, 12:45 PM

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Wall Street Journal:
Analysts: Ukraine conflict could accelerate the fracturing of internet, amid pressure on US tech giants from both Russia and the West to respond to the conflict  —  Conflict could accelerate the fracturing of the internet into the ‘splinternet,’ analysts say
Alexander Marrow / Reuters:
Russia's regulator tells Alphabet to remove all restrictions on Russian-language YouTube channels of media outlets RBC, TV Zvezda, and Sputnik in Ukraine  —  Russia's state communications regulator on Sunday said it had written to Alphabet Inc's (GOOGL.O) Google and demanded that access …
Paresh Dave / Reuters:
Google says it is barring Russian state-funded media from using its ad technology to generate revenue on their own websites, apps, and YouTube videos  —  Alphabet Inc's (GOOGL.O) Google barred on Saturday Russia's state-owned media outlet RT and other channels from receiving money for ads on their websites …
Reuters:
Axios:
The US, EU, UK, and Canada agree to cut off a “certain number of Russian banks” from the SWIFT international payments system  —  The European Union, U.S. and other Western nations on Saturday announced they would cut off a “certain number of Russian banks” from the SWIFT international …
Grace Dean / Insider:
Customers of sanctioned Russian banks are unable to use their cards with Apple Pay and Google Pay, according to the Central Bank of Russia  —  - Customers of sanction-hit Russian banks are unable to use Apple and Google Pay, Russia's central bank said.  — These banks include VTB Group …
Bloomberg:
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Mark Gurman / Bloomberg:
Opinion: as Apple prepares to launch an iPhone SE 5G, it should keep selling the old SE model and bring its price down to $199  —  Apple is planning to unveil a 5G iPhone SE in March—but the big news could be a price drop for the current model.  Also: Amazon's Astro robot remains elusive, and it was a wild week for Apple Stores.
Jason Koebler / VICE:
In a viral tweet, Elon Musk says SpaceX's Starlink internet is now active in Ukraine with “more terminals en route”, but it's unclear when or how many  —  Musk says SpaceX is sending Starlink terminals to Ukraine, though it's unclear when or how many.  —  Jason Koebler
Elizabeth Lopatto / The Verge:
Crypto became a viable option for transactions in Ukraine, where Tether is popular, after digital cash transfers were suspended and cash withdrawals limited  —  More than $15 million in cryptocurrency has been donated to Ukrainian groups since Russia attacked the country on February 24th, according to research firm Elliptic.
Michael McSweeney / The Block:
Ukraine's official Twitter account and government officials post donation requests in the form of bitcoin, ether, and USDT amid Russia's invasion  —  Quick Take  — Ukraine's official Twitter account posted several requests for cryptocurrency donations on Saturday in the form of bitcoin, ether and USDT.
Mark Sullivan / Fast Company:
How tech companies based in Kyiv, including Grammarly, Readdle, and MacPaw, are dealing with Russia's invasion of Ukraine  —  Russia officially invaded Ukraine Thursday.  The U.S. and its allies are imposing sanctions, but, as U.S. President Joe Biden said in a press conference Thursday …

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